The second month of 2021 is over, and depending on where you are in the world, lockdown is still a thing. Living in the UK means February was another lockdown month for me, so I busied myself with reading, TV and uni work.
I also got back into the swing of bookstagram. My regular posts and browsing was disrupted due to feeling really burnt out after the distress and grief of the latter part of 2020, and it took January and some of February to finally get back on balance.
I read 9 books in February; 6 e-ARCs via Netgalley and 3 audiobooks. My reads and ratings were:
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal: ★★★★★
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson: ★★★★★
Threadneedle by Cari Thomas: ★★★★☆
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan: ★★★★☆
Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron: ★★★★☆
The Shadow in the Glass by J.J.A Harwood: ★★★☆☆
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris: ★★★☆☆
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: ★★★☆☆
People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield: ★★★☆☆
My favourite read of them all has to be Daughters of Night, with Circus of Wonders being a very, very close second. It was a terrific historical mystery that was clearly well researched, intricately plotted and ultimately fleshed out perfectly for it to be a fantastic read.
I also acquired about 8 books to my bookshelves this month.
• A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
• The Push by Ashley Audrain
• The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
• Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
• The Art of Death by David Fennell
• The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
• The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
• The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
I was very, very kindly gifted some ARCs this month as well. Firstly, Pan Macmillan approved me on Netgalley for Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal (which you can see I jumped into right away!). Then Random House UK approved me for Tall Bones by Anna Bailey. And lastly, Michael Joesph reached out to me and kindly offered a proof copy of The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea.
Thank you to each publisher again – Pan Macmillan, Random House UK and Michael Joseph – for allowing me the privilege of reading these stories to review.
I hope everyone else had a great reading month and it was well in general! Onto March now, and I’m so pleased Spring is round the corner!
And I’ll finish my wrap up with one of the first photos I posted on bookstagram in February; some of the books I’m determined to read before the end of 2021.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal, The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow and the Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.